In brief: Johnston scoops top player award
TRENT JOHNSTON was named International Player of the Year at the Ireland Cricket Writers' annual dinner in Belfast last night.
The former captain pipped Andrew White and Kevin O'Brien to the award, while his Railway Union team-mate Kenny Carroll picked up the Club Player of the Year.
Voting in the Young Player category was almost unanimous, with Leinster teenager George Dockrell collecting the award after an outstanding debut season in the international team.
Top seed Jelena Jankovic went out of the Kremlin Cup at the first hurdle as she was thrashed 6-1 6-2 by little-known Kazakh teenager Zarina Diyas in Moscow yesterday.
Serbia's former world No 1, who had a bye in the first round, looked out of sorts from the start, committing numerous errors and winning only 43pc of her first serves. She was beaten in less than an hour by the 268th-ranked Diyas.
Ireland's James McGee recovered from a second-set wobble to clinch a place in the quarter-finals of the ITF Futures event in Paros, Greece, yesterday.
After conceding only two games in the opener against Latvia's Adrians Zguns, No 6 seed McGee lost the second on a tie-break before storming back to seal victory on a 6-2 6-7 (2/7) 6-4 scoreline.
World snooker will break new ground next September when it stages a €150,000 invitational tournament in the Brazilian city of Sao Paolo.
The Brazilian Masters, the first world event to be staged in South America, is set to feature the top 12 ranked players and four wild cards.
Steve Davis is guaranteed an invitation, with Brazilian Snooker Association chairman Marcilio Cavalcanti describing him as the Zico or Rivelino of the baize.